Adventure Class Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about the primary and junior Adventure Classes of Queen Victoria School in the 2017/2018 school year.

The Adventure Class is a unique education program where students in grades 1-6 learn with the shared support of teachers, families and community. This information session will go over the program outline, process overview, answer questions and tour the classrooms.

Adventure Class brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Victoria School office by Monday, February 13, 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Congratulations to Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for 2016-2107

July 19, 2017 — Congratulations to eight secondary school students who are recipients of the Governor General’s Academic Medal.

Since 1873, the Governor General’s Academic Medal has recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with the highest average from a high school, college or university.

2017 2017 Governor General's Academic Medical Receipients
Congratulations to these eight secondary school students who graduated with the highest average at their schools!

Pierre Trudeau, Tommy Douglas, Kim Campbell, Robert Bourassa, Robert Stanfield and Gabrielle Roy are past recipients.

Medals are presented on behalf of the Governor General by participating educational institutions, along with personalized certificates signed by the Governor General. There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: “Annie Jr.” presented at Stirling Public School

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Stirling Public School theatrical production of “Annie Jr.”

April 20, 2017—Stirling Public School students are proud to present the theatrical production of “Annie Jr.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATES: Tuesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Stirling Public School, 107 St. James Street, Stirling
TICKETS: $5, available from the school, 613.395.3389 or can be purchased at the door

Story outline

Annie is a story about a young orphan girl who lives in a miserable orphanage. Her hopeless situation changes when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy Oliver Warbucks. Warbucks makes it his mission to help Annie find her parents, but some are only interested in the money that comes along with the search…

Come out and enjoy Stirling Public School’s theatrical production of “Annie Jr.” which is based on the classic Annie story.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Bayside Public School presents “The Lion King Jr.”

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Bayside Public School presents “The Lion King Jr.”

April 13, 2017—Bayside Public School students in grade 5 to 8 are proud to present the theatrical production of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATES: Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, Cafetorium, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $8, available from the school, 613.962.0694 or can be purchased at the door

Story outline

In Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” the African Savannah comes to life onstage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again.

Bayside Public School’s students present their version of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” that will inspire all and bring the entire community together for family theatre at its best!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Bayside Secondary School presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Bayside Secondary School theatrical production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare

May 29, 2017—Bayside Secondary students are proud to present the theatrical production of A “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, adapted by Doug McClure.

EVENT DETAILS

DATES: Thursday, June 1, Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Bayside Secondary School, Cafetorium, 1247 Old Highway 2, Belleville
TICKETS: $8 student/child and $12 adults, available from the school, 613.966.4565 or can be purchased at the door

Story outline

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons.

Bayside students have worked very hard on their production of this Shakespeare classic comedy and invite all to come out to enjoy it.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Closing ceremony for Hillcrest School

All are invited to the closing ceremony for Hillcrest School.
All are invited to the closing ceremony for Hillcrest School.

June 22, 2017—A closing ceremony has been planned for Hillcrest School.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Monday, June 26, 2017
TIME: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Hillcrest School, 88 West Street, Belleville

This event will involve students, staff, school board officials and special guests. We hope you can join us for an evening of memories and fun in recognition of this very special event.

The school is closing as a result of a decision made through an accommodation review. On June 19, 2017, Board members voted to consolidate Hillcrest School and Prince of Wales Public School. Hillcrest will close at the end of June 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

EVENT: Closing ceremony for Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School

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All are invited to the closing ceremony for Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School.

June 22, 2017—A closing ceremony has been planned for Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, 27 Corey Street, Bloomfield

This event will involve students, staff, school board officials and special guests. We hope you can join us for an evening of memories and fun in recognition of this very special event.

The school is closing as a result of a decision made through an accommodation review. On June 19, 2017, Board members voted to consolidate Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School and Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) at Queen Elizabeth School effective September 2017 to form a K-6 school. Pinecrest will close at the end of June 2017. Grade 7 and 8 students from Pinecrest and Queen Elizabeth will transfer to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute for September 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

EVENT: Frankford Public School presents “Seussical Jr.”

May 15 2017—Frankford Public School students are proud to present the theatrical production of SeussicalSeussical Jr.”

EVENT DETAILS

DATES: Tuesday, May 16, Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Frankford Public School, Gym, 36 Adelaide Street, Frankford
TICKETS: $6, available from the school, 613.398.6425 or can be purchased at the door

Frankford Public School’s students present their version of Seussical Junior. This play is an combination of many of Seuss’s famous stories (Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz). All are invited to come out and enjoy family theatre at its best!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

EVENT: Opening ceremony for Trent River Public School

June 9, 2017—A celebration is being planned to officially open Trent River Public School.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
TIME: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trent River Public School, 84 Dixon Drive, Trenton

This event will involve student and staff, along with greetings from municipal, school and school board officials. All are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

EVENT: Social Networking and Online Safety at Tweed Elementary School

November 8, 2017—Tweed Elementary School is hosting a social media/online safety event parents/guardians and community members.

The presenter Paul Davis, is a social network and online safety expert.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Thursday, November 9, 2017
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tweed Elementary School, 52 McClellan Street, Tweed

Topics to be covered include the following:

  • Snapchat
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Smartphones and digital trails
  • Cyberbullying, texting and sexting
  • Online gaming
  • Online security

Davis has a vast amount of expertise in social media and online safety having presented throughout Canada and the United States for many years. Participants will leave this presentation knowing more about social media safety than they do now and may even convince some to change how they’re using using social media themselves.

Students in Grade 4 to 8 will attend a presentation during the day.

This event was made possible through a Parent Involvement Grant.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

French Immersion & Extended French Information Nights, January/February 2017

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out about Extended French (in Bancroft) and French Immersion (in Belleville, Madoc, Picton and Trenton).

Two new French Immersion schools have been added for September 2017: Madoc Public School and Prince Charles Public School (Trenton).

Information Sessions for French Immersion & Extended French
EXTENDED FRENCH
Monday, January 30, 20176:00 p.m., York River Public School, 132 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, 6:00 p.m.
FRENCH IMMERSION
Tuesday, January 31, 20176:00 p.m., Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), 35 Barker Street, Picton
Wednesday, February 1, 20176:00 p.m., Harry J. Clarke Public School, 77 Rollins Drive, Belleville
Thursday, February 2, 20176:00 p.m., Bayside Public School, 132 Aikins Road, Belleville
Monday, February 6, 20176:00 p.m., Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), 138 Dufferin Avenue South, Trenton
Tuesday, February 7, 20176:00 p.m., Madoc Public School, 32 Baldwin Street, Madoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended French begins in Grade 5 at York River Public School. The program helps students to develop French-language skills in a variety of subject areas. A minimum of 25% of instruction is in French.

French Immersion develops communication and critical thinking skills, as well as promotes personal growth and self-confidence. FI begins in Grade 4.

Anna and Peter describe their French Immersion experiences. MP3 format

For specific details about the program, please contact the school principal.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Have you heard a Moira Minute on 91X FM?

September 19, 2017 — Moira Minute is a community-based initiative between Moira Secondary School students in the Communications Technology program and Alternative Radio 91X FM at Loyalist College.

Students gain skills in researching, interviewing, writing, broadcasting and audio editing to produce programs for the Quinte community.   The program went to air in February of 2017 as a weekly show highlighting events and student achievements at Moira Secondary School.

The show airs every Friday at 4:40 p.m. with a repeat at 8:40 p.m.  You can finds past shows of a Moira Minute on the Moira school website, under “Student Life.”

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

HPE Schools have joined the EcoSchools community

October 4, 2017—Exciting new at the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board – Deseronto PS, Stirling PS, York River PS and Madoc PS have joined the EcoSchools community. EcoSchools is a program that addresses environmental issues in the school system.

Four certification levels can be completed, helping schools work toward common environmental goals and student engagement.

Learn more about the EcoSchools program and why our schools joined to promote environmental learning at ontarioecoschools.org.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

I G.E.T. IT—Girls Exploring Trades

April 11, 2017—On April 12, 150 high school girls will participate in an event to explore non-traditional trades for women. Girls often do not connect with career opportunities that exist in the trades for them.

The trades are not “a man’s world”. Women perform just as well as men in the trades. Women also bring many additional skills and perspectives, such as collaborative communication styles, great attention to detail and empathy, which are recognized by many employers in the trades as important and valuable. (Ontario College of Trades)

8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton has partnered with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, East Central Ontario Training Board and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship at Loyalist College to host this event.

EVENT DETAILS

The day will begin at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Trenton at 9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker Jamie McMillan, an ironworker, will talk about her experiences in the trades and what led her to the career. McMillan has provided provided inspiration and mentorship to hundreds of young women.

Following McMillan’s talk, she will then be joined by Lieutenant Colonel Cathy Blue, Wing Logistics and Engineering Officer of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton; Pauline Carkner, High Voltage Electrician; Kasey Waterman , Auto Service Tech; and Rebecca Chokly, Millwright. The women will share their experiences about the trade they chose to work in.

Following the panel, the high school girls will spend time at various areas throughout 8 Wing/CFB Trenton where volunteers will teach them about the different trades that they could go into. The students will get first-hand experience in these trades and will be well-informed on the opportunities available to them.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Intermediate Student Leadership Program Information Night: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Information Session to find out more about the Intermediate Student Leadership Program that is offered to Grade 7 and 8 students at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Belleville.

The program is a hands on approach to learning that directly involves building relationships with community partners and organizations. Through inquiry and student driven action plans students experience real life connections and volunteer opportunities. Linking curriculum with leadership opportunities allow students to learn the value of their voice and ability to create change with their actions.

Intermediate Student Leadership brochure (pdf)

INFORMATION SESSION

DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Elizabeth Public School, 135 Macdonald Avenue, Belleville (in the library)

All are welcome to attend. Completed applications need to be submitted to Queen Elizabeth Public School office by Thursday, February 23, 2017.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Invitation to vote on a name for the Marmora school

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Community members are invited to vote on the name for the new Marmora elementary school by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

May 15, 2017—The community is invited to vote on a name (Pdf) for the consolidated Marmora elementary school.

The options are the following:

  • Crowe River Public School
  • Crowe Valley Public School
  • Marmora Elementary School
  • Marmora Public School

These names were short-listed through a first round of community input. Several submissions involved connections to water or the village of Marmora. Crowe Lake and Crowe River, which are encompassed by Crowe Valley, are close to Marmora Senior PS and are a significant part of the community.

An New Marmora School Re-Naming Committee consisting of students, school staff, parents and community members has been meeting to work through the naming process.

Vote online for your favourite school name or email to marmorasr@hpedsb.on.ca, attention Principal Rob Lake by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

May 6, 2017: 30th Anniversary of Adventure Class, Queen Victoria School

 

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All are welcome to attend 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School on May 6, 2017.

May 5, 2017—All are invited to a celebration for the Adventure Class (web page) at Queen Victoria School (web page).

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, May 6, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Queen Victoria School, 46 Pine Street, Belleville

All are invited to join in this 30th anniversary celebration. There will be music performances, photo displays, school tours, camping games and refreshments.

An evening event will follow at 7:00 p.m. at the Parrott Gallery (in the Belleville Public Library), 254 Pinnacle Street. Tickets are $15 per person, available from the school.

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Older students helping younger students, parents sharing their skills, hands-on activities, community outings and an accent on real-life learning and discovery. The Adventure Class at Queen Victoria School delivers The Ontario Curriculum in an innovative and alternative format.

The program emphasizes hands-on learning, real life discovery and integrated life skills. A lively mix of ages, academic levels, skills and interests is further enriched by family and community involvement. The program offers a warm, family-like learning environment with an emphasis on sharing, cooperation and mutual support

Media contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Maynooth PS students learn Indigenous history, learn drumming

October 31, 2017—Students at Maynooth Public School care about their community.

They celebrated that every child matters on September 28, 2017 in partnership with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation.

The students role played what it might have been like to be in a residential school and specifically feeling segregated. Elder Ada and three other drummers spoke with students about about the importance of community, of looking at the whole and of connecting with earth.

During a drumming circle that followed, the drummers reminded the students about the etiquette of handling drums and shakers, and the importance of paying attention to the lead drummer to ensure that the music stays in sync. Each student had a turn playing an instrument along with a drummer.

“This was a very impactful  experience for both staff and students,” said Lisa Resmer, Principal. “We are so lucky to have a continued presence in our school with Ada Elder and a strong connection with Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin Nation. Their drumming of the heartbeat of Mother Earth brings us all to one common place where every child matters,” she added.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

 

Moira SS celebrates the fall harvest, new mural and commemorative plaques

October 17, 2017—It started as a request from a student to paint a mural at Moira Secondary School and evolved to the vision of school staff recognizing the deep cultural backgrounds of the school community.

In the written proposal, the student conveyed that an Indigenous mural would bring excitement to the school community and show school spirit.

The colourful, new mural certainly accomplished that at Moira Secondary School!

A celebration on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 was the culmination of six months of learning and work on the project tetewatate:ken: we are connected as one. The celebration involved a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mural ; unveiling two  plaques (one written in English, one written in Mohawk) commemorating the lands on which the school is located; and the annual Harvest Festival, which is an autumn Mohawk tradition to celebrate bringing in the crops.

Students and staff participated in various experiential trips as part of this Ministry of Education-funded project. They travelled to areas of local indigenous interest to learn about the culture and history of Indigenous education. One excursion was to the Kanhiote library on the Tyendinaga territory. While there they met with Amy Cowie, research assistant for the Mohawks Bay of Quinte.

Students were actively  involved in designing and painting the mural with artist Maureen Walton. Four students were influential members of our initiative committee and more than forty painted the mural under Walton’s coaching.

The mural creation was documented through augmented reality interactive technology, which provided students with another learning opportunity.

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centre section of the mural

commemorative plaque in Englishcommemorative plaque in Mohawk

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Presenting the 29th Annual Secondary School Art Show

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The promotional poster for Reality, the 28th Annual Secondary Art Show, created by Marika Tamura, Centennial Secondary School.

March 10, 2017—Students are looking forward to participating in the 29th Annual Secondary School Art Show.

Art Exhibition
DATE: April 6 – 26, 2017
LOCATION: John M. Parrot Art Gallery, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

This event continues to be a spectacular way to showcase the creativity and personal expression of secondary Visual Arts students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Under the guidance and expertise of Art teachers, students have learned to explore and apply a variety of media, materials, technologies, tools and techniques using the application of elements and principles of design.

Additional learning has been to prepare the art works for presentation to a broad community audience and to understand the effect of the Arts in everyday lives. These pieces demonstrate student learning of Ontario curriculum requirements.

Works/techniques on exhibit include the following:

  • Drawing: pencil, pencil crayon and ink
  • Printmaking: dry point prints, mono-prints, collagraphs and colour reduction lino block prints
  • Acrylic painting and mixed media
  • Sculpture
  • Photography

Visitors will be impressed with the creativity and high calibre of works on display. This is an event to pen into your schedule!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Presenting the Trenton High School Spring Arts Extravaganza

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Trenton High School is hosing a Spring Arts Extravaganza to launch their art gallery and celebrate the Arts.

April 13, 2017—Trenton High School is hosting an Spring Arts Extravaganza to launch their new art gallery and celebrate the Arts.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Trenton High School, 15 Fourth Avenue, Trenton

Trenton High School students are proud to showcase their artistic talents in various forms.

This event will include the following:

  • Student artwork
  • Music performances
  • Drama presentations
  • Student crafts

 

Student crafts will be on sale: ceramic bowls, refinished furniture, fused glass jewellery, unique batik pillows and various prints. All proceeds go toward art supplies for Trenton High School.

This free event is open to the community and Arts lovers of all ages.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Prince Edward Collegiate Institute welcomes Grade 9 Panthers into the PECI family

September 26, 2017—Prince Edward Collegiate Institute celebrated Grade 9 Day on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It was a day filled with fun, team building activities to welcome and inspire Grade 9 students.

Take a look at the article on Countylive.ca. The 10 different team-building events were captured on this remarkable day.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Sophiasburgh students to participate in Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room opening

June 9, 2017—Students at Sophiasburgh Central School are excited to be part of the launch and dedication of the first Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room in Canada. It will be located in Books & Company’s café, Miss Lily’s, in Picton.

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Upstairs, Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton

In May, Sophiasburgh students participated in a transformative arts-education project to write and record songs in response to Canada’s colonial history. Students took part in The Four Directions Project, led by local not-for-profit Darkspark, an arts education organization that uses songwriting, recording and pop culture as engagement tools in schools across Canada. The Four Directions Project was conceptualized in collaboration with a Grade 8 class from the Quinte Mohawk School in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Participating youth discover how colonial prejudices and stereotypes are created and maintained – and may be broken. It also encourages youth to believe their voices can create change in their communities and world. It appears their work may have done just that by inspiring the creation of the first permanent Downie-Wenjack Legacy Room.

Summary of the student involvement from Rob McFadden, Principal

Our students in Mr. O’Brien’s Grade 7/8 class have recently been involved in an unique experiential learning opportunity. They have engaged in considering Canadian colonial history from an Indigenous perspective, including exploring the impacts of residential schools on indigenous peoples. We have done this work with a non-profit community partner, Darkspark, through the support of a Ministry of Education Community-Connected Experiential Learning grant, and a Prince Edward County Community Foundation Canada 150 Grant, the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and school funds.

Darkspark is a transformative, experiential arts education organization that uses songwriting, storytelling, and recording technologies to engage, educate and inspire youth in schools across Canada. One of Darkspark’s main goals is to contribute to the process of recovery and reconciliation by facilitating cross-cultural education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

The project included two full days of immersive, creative ice-breakers, curriculum-based lesson plans, discussions and interaction with an Indigenous elder and artists in addition to interactive, multi-media rich presentations on the history of songwriting as a medium to create impact and change in local, national and global communities. Following this for five days, students were broken into groups of seven, and each group had the opportunity to write a song of their own, reflecting on the powerful information they have learned alongside professional songwriters, musicians and producers. After writing their song, each group took part in recording their song in a professional mobile studio.

Students’ songs are now being mixed and produced and we are ready to engage in Phase II of our project that includes outreach to our community to share our learning through presentation of the students’ work. Mr. O’Brien, Darkspark members D’Ari and Mel, and students have been working on this presentation, which will be shared with students from other Prince Edward County schools at 10:00 a.m. on June 13 at Sophiasburgh Central School, and then again with our broader community on the evening of June 13 at 7:00 in the Lipson Room at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton. Parents and community members are welcome to join us for these events. Students are working with Mr. O’Brien to divide up responsibilities for presenting at either one of these two events or during a school-based assembly where we will present to our own students.

Read more in the news Darkspark news release (Pdf).

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer,
613-966-1170 or 1.800.267-4350, extension 2354

Students learn about life after high school at What’s Next?! event

April 27, 2017—On April 26, students from Centennial Secondary, Moira Secondary and Quinte Secondary, participated in an event hosted at Quinte that explored skills needed to transition from high school into the workforce.

EVENT DETAILS

What’s Next?! began with a inspiring presentation by Ryan Porter @lunch_buddy. the founder of Ruutly, an online tool that matches best candidates to posted jobs and the author of Make Your Own Lunch, a book about helping young people find their path to a successful future.

Porter talked about his journey after high school and provided three tips to “Make Your Own Lunch And Love It!”

  1. Main Ingredients – make good choices that you believe in and stand behind them.
  2. Your Recommended Daily Intake – see your vision and make sure it is achievable.
  3. Don’t Skip Lunch – stop procrastinating, the time is now!

Students attended community partner workshops following the presentation. The purpose of the sessions was to let them know about jobs and skills employers are looking for.

Workshop topics

  • Be your own boss
  • Consumer laws
  • Budgeting basics
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Tenant rights
  • Financial literacy
  • Social media presence
  • Planning your job search
  • Success in your new job
  • Improving soft skills

The What’s Next?! event was a huge success. Students asked questions and made connections, as well as developed an understanding of potential future paths and how to be successful after high school

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Students learned about living in poverty at Poverty Challenge Quinte

October 12, 2017—Students from secondary schools experienced what it’s like to live in poverty at the Poverty Challenge Quinte.

During this one-day event they participated in a simulation where they explored what it is like to access social services, such as applying for social assistance, getting a birth certificate for their children or registering for school as a teenager who has no parent/guardian connection. They gained an understanding of poverty issues, contexts and barriers within the local and provincial areas.

Debriefing sessions supported the exploration of concepts of equity.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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Students participated in a simulation at Poverty Challenge Quinte. Here they have assumed the identity of someone who is applying for social assistance benefits.
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A students is engaging in a simulation activity of applying for food at the local food bank.

 

 

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At the end of the day, students participated in a debriefing session where they filled out a post cards with actions to take back to their school. This student committed to ‘make everyone feel welcome and not discriminate.’
Join the Movement
Join the Movement – What can you do to alleviate poverty in your community, your neighbourhood, your school?

Successful Read 150 Challenge at Tweed Elementary School

Pictured are some students from each division at Tweed Elementary School. The whole school participated in Read 150 where they read 150 books by Canadian authors during the month of June 2017.
Pictured are some students from each division at Tweed Elementary School. The whole school participated in Read 150 where they read 150 books by Canadian authors during the month of June 2017.

June 28, 2017—Congratulations to students at Tweed Elementary School who were successful in the Read 150 reading challenge.

During the month of June students read 150 different books by Canadian authors. They excitedly watched as the wall of book covers was built on the wall of the Learning Commons. It was a school-wide challenge with all classes participating through read alouds and shared reading.

Each replica book cover on the wall features the name of the class that read it.

Watch a brief video of their reading journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5F5Kdc1UVA

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Tony Melendez equity and inclusivity presentations engage students

October 16, 2017—The concept of learning to reflect on perspectives about equity and inclusivity are at the core of presentations happening at area schools.

Schools throughout the district are hosting Tony Melendez, an author and musician who was born without arms.

Melendez has learned to play the guitar with his feet. His presentation is about overcoming obstacles and persevering through tough times. His messages are about breaking down stereotypes and stigma for people with disabilities. The presentation has inspirational theme, using music and personal stories to challenge youth to consider their perspectives on equity and inclusivity.

Schools were invited to host presentations on a first-come, first-served basis, with the following hosting  presentations:

  • Centre Hastings Secondary School
  • Deseronto Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School (Trenton)
  • Quinte Secondary School
  • Trenton High School
  • York River Public School

Melendez presented to North Hastings High School students during the last school year and was well-received by students and adults alike.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Trent River PS opens to students Tuesday, February 7, 2017

January 25, 2017—The new Trent River Public School will open to students on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

As finish work continues at the site, we are now focusing all our efforts on planning a welcoming, safe and smooth transition for all students and staff.

Families of students from Breadner Elementary and College Street Public received a letter on January 24, 2017 (pdf) describing the planning for the first day of school and busing arrangements.

In order to prepare the school for students, there will be no classroom instruction on Monday, February 6, 2017. The school will be closed to students that day. Families will need to make childcare arrangements for Monday, February 6, 2017. We appreciate their understanding.

The new Trent River Public School is a vibrant facility with a modern learning environment. It has spacious classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, a learning commons and a large gymnasium.

An Opening Ceremony will take place in the coming months.

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For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: February 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm